Banners presents musician O’Riley

By Special to the American Press

McNeese State University’s Banners

Cultural Series is bringing Christopher O’Riley — artist, pianist and

national media personality

— to Southwest Louisiana.

O’Riley will perform with the McNeese

Wind Symphony as well as give a solo performance from his album “Out of

My Hands” at

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in F. G. Bulber Auditorium. Tickets

will be $20 for adults, $5 for children and free to McNeese

and Sowela students with a valid ID.

His performance will cover artists such as The Smiths, Tori Amos, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and many more.

Through remarkable interpretations of a

traditional and current repertoire, O’Riley has gained the ability to

link together

musical tastes, genres and audiences worldwide. O’Riley has been

awarded with phenomenal reviews and several recording contracts

with such labels as Sony Classical.

Not only does O’Riley portray an

extreme musical talent, but he also has a warm personality, which has

brought him the opportunity

to host the National Public Radio’s “From the Top” for the last 13

years. O’Riley, who has won many awards at the Leeds, Van

Cliburn, Busoni, and Montreal competitions, divides his time

between Los Angeles and rural Ohio.

Season memberships are still available. People can join by calling the Banners office at 337-475-5123 or visiting the Banners

website at

O’Riley has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra and the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Detroit,

Atlanta and Baltimore and has performed recitals at the University of Colorado Boulder and Duke University and orchestral

engagements with the New Mexico Symphony and Atlantic Classical Orchestra.